Small-leaved, highly branched shrubs are common in New Zealand. Because many will survive in windy or dry locations, they are popular for exposed spots. Tororaro (Muehlenbeckia astonii) is uncommon in nature but is grown as a garden plant. Here it is growing in a traffic island planting in Petone, near Wellington. The branches are so wiry and flexible that they supported Department of Conservation worker Rob Stone’s weight without being damaged.
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